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SLES11 SP2/SP3 - Using ipset to create user-defined IP sets for iptables results in : "No chain/target/match by that name".

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3


Using 'ipset' to create a new user-defined IP set for use with 'iptables', results results in error:
"No chain/target/match by that name"


This has been resolved with a PTF for the current kernel, and will be resolved in a future kernel release.


The error is caused by fact that the iptables (user space) module ipt_set was available in the SLE kernel, but the netfilter (kernel) module xt_set was only available in the (unsupported) kernel-*-extra packages.

Additional Information

The problem can easily be duplicated using both SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2 and SP3 with the iptables & ipset packages installed.

In a terminal window, type for example:
ipset -N sftpext hash:ip
iptables -A INPUT -m set --match-set sftpext src -j ACCEPT

This will result in the following message :
"No chain/target/match by that name"

Verifying the same IP set once again seems to indicate the IP set is valid:
ipset -N sftpext hash:ip
Results in :       
ipset v6.12: Set cannot be created: set with the same name already exists


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  • Document ID:7014180
  • Creation Date: 26-Nov-2013
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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